LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A new report shows that people living in East Texas' largest cities are getting wealthier faster than the rest of the country.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income increased five percent in the Longview area, and nearly four percent in Tyler, outpacing the U.S. And for the first time in recent memory, Longview has the highest per capita personal income in the region.
That growth has been fueled mostly by recent oil and gas exploration
"It's still way up there," Longview Mayor Jay Dean said of oil and gas, "but now, man, our medical services, are manufacturing have grown so much that we're not as totally dependent on oil and gas as we once were."
Per capita personal income in Longview reached $41,945 this year. Tyler's per capita personal income reached $41,379 in 2013. Growth in both cities outpaced the national average.